A rival to All India Chess Federation(AICF) is formed.
Please note AICF (as per document received by me from Registrar of Societies, Chennai on 27/12/08) has no legal existence.
CHESS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA 112, Sundar Bagh, Lucknow
With a purpose to review the present condition of the game of Chess in the country a meeting of Chess lovers, well wishers, organizers, Arbiters and Players’ Representative took place in New Delhi under chairmanship of Sri Naveen Kumar Wal on 11.10.2009. It was discussed during the meeting that since last 4-5 years Chess players, organizers and State Chess Associations are being deprived of their rights and being treated as bonded labourers as well with a result that they are being humiliated each and every day. To save all those from such humiliation and with an object of appropriate promotion and development of the game of Chess in the country it has been unanimously resolved to form a separate National Body in the name of
“CHESS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA”.
Accordingly the office bearers of the Association were elected as followos: President : Sri Naveen Kumar Wal, U.P.
Vice Presidents : Sri Raja Climax(Tamilnadu), Mrs.Ambika K. Kutty, (Kerala), Sri K. Padam Singh (M.P.)
Secretary General: Sri Mahesh L. Ved, Maharashtra
Treasurer : Sri S. K. Tewari, U.P.
Joint Secretaries : S/Sri Darshan K. Gupta (Delhi), Kuldeep Sharma (Haryana), Vikas Singhai(Chhattisgarh), Narayan Das (Rajasthan), C.Shashidharan Nair (Kerala)
As decided, the Chess Association of India has been got registered under Societies Registration Act. Association’s activities are being started with a Chess tournament at New Delhi bearing Rs. 15 lacs prize money. We are receiving consent from various Grand Masters and International Masters to play in this tournament.
After Delhi tournament we have decided to hold seven more tournaments bearing prize money of Rs. 5 lacs each at Bhiwani (Haryana), Rajasthan, Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Madurai (Tamilnadu) & Chandigarh.
In the last in December 2010 we will organize a big prize money tournament bearing cash prize of Rs. 25 lacs.
Apart from these tournaments CAI will also organize regular National Championships and will concentrate on players coaching camps. At the time of formation of Chess Association of India, 18 State Associations have joined this namely U.P., Kerala, Jammu Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Correspondence Chess Association of India, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Orrisa, Uttaranchal, Chandigarh, Goa & Himanchal Pradesh. In near future some more State Associations are likely to be association with Chess Association of India. Chess Association of India is committed to create the chess atmosphere in the country so that no such player, organizers and State Associations are deprived of their rights and every one may get much needed support and encouragement for the development of the game Chess in the country.
(Mahesh L. Ved)